Fennel is a bulbous, flowering plant that is original to the Mediterranean region and now cultivated in India, Russia and France. From the feathery leaves to the large bulbous root, the entire plant exudes a licorice-like aroma. When cooked as a vegetable, fennel is sweet. The seed is equally pleasant, lending a warm, spicy-sweet aroma and flavor to foods and teas.
Fennel Seeds, 1/4lb
In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus is credited with using a stalk of fennel to steal fire from the gods for the benefit of humanity. While the feathery foliage was bestowed with fire-stealing powers, the seed was chewed to tame bad breath, indigestion and flatulence.
Fennel seed is also one of the ingredients in the classic infant colic formula known as gripe water.